Dr Lucy McGeagh

PhD, DHealthPsych, CPsychol, MSc, BSc

Senior Research Fellow

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Role

Lucy is a Chartered Health Psychologist and Research Fellow within the Supportive Care Research Group. She joined Oxford Brookes in June 2020 to work primarily on SWEET 'Supporting Women with adhErence to adjuvant Endocrine Therapy' following breast cancer, funded by the NIHR.

Lucy has worked in behaviour change and cancer research for the duration of her career. Following her BSc in Psychology (2004, UWE), her Masters in Health Psychology research focused on young male response to testicular cancer diagnosis (2006, University of Bath). Lucy’s PhD explored Implications of Smoke-Free Legislation on NHS Stop Smoking Services and Cessation Behaviour (2010, University of Bath), achieving a Doctorate in Health Psychology the following year (2011, University of Bath). Lucy went on to hold academic posts at the University of Nottingham (2011 – 2012) and University of Bristol (2012 – 2019) leading qualitative and quantitative research in a range of cancer populations including exploring the physical and psychological impact of treatment, behaviour change following a cancer diagnosis and cancer prevention and behaviour change in young mothers from areas of deprivation. Lucy has developed behaviour change interventions and designed and implemented a number of RCTs in men with prostate cancer, focusing on diet, physical activity, lycopene and metformin. Prior to joining Oxford Brookes Lucy was National Research Manager for GenesisCare UK (2019 – 2020).

Lucy has an ongoing passion for research in cancer, behaviour change, survivorship and support.

Areas of expertise

  • Qualitative research methods
  • RCT development and delivery
  • Patient involvement in research
  • Behaviour change   

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

  •  "Using online methods for conducting research" for PhD students

Supervision

Current PhD students:

  • Hilary Brown (Oxford Brookes University) “OPTIMISing the care and support for patients with pancreaTIC cancer and their families and carers (OPTIMISTIC)” Lead Supervisor and Director of Studies
  • Katie Mills (Oxford Brookes University) “Exploring the extent of patient decision making within district nursing for older people” Co-Lead Supervisor and Co-Director of Studies (Professional Doctorate)
  • Meda Sandu (University of Bristol) “The effects of randomised dietary, physical activity and metformin interventions on the serum metabolome and DNA methylome of men at risk of, or with, localised or advanced prostate cancer” Second Supervisor

Previous PhD students:

  • Caterina Gentili (University of the West of England) “Body image in men following treatment for prostate cancer” Second Supervisor

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Hilary Brown Optimising the care and support for people with inoperable pancreatic cancer and their family-carers 2023

Research

Lucy has worked in behaviour change and cancer research for the duration of her career. Following her BSc in Psychology (2004, UWE), her Masters in Health Psychology research focused on young male response to testicular cancer diagnosis (2006, University of Bath). Lucy’s PhD explored Implications of Smoke-Free Legislation on NHS Stop Smoking Services and Cessation Behaviour (2010, University of Bath), achieving a Doctorate in Health Psychology the following year (2011, University of Bath). Lucy went on to hold academic posts at the University of Nottingham (2011 – 2012) and University of Bristol (2012 – 2019) leading qualitative and quantitative research in a range of cancer populations including exploring the physical and psychological impact of treatment, behaviour change following a cancer diagnosis and cancer prevention and behaviour change in young mothers from areas of deprivation. Lucy has developed behaviour change interventions and designed and implemented a number of RCTs in men with prostate cancer, focusing on diet, physical activity, lycopene and metformin. Prior to joining Oxford Brookes Lucy was National Research Manager for GenesisCare UK (2019 – 2020).

Lucy has an ongoing passion for research in cancer, behaviour change, survivorship and support.

Research group membership

Lucy is a member of Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Heatlh Research (OxINMAHR)

Research grants and awards

  • 2021 Research Excellence Awards 2021-22, (Co-applicant) Project title: Alcohol consumption following breast cancer diagnosis
  • 2017 NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, (Co-applicant). Project title: TReating Urinary symptoms in Men in Primary Healthcare (TRIUMPH) using non-pharmaceutical and non-surgical interventions
  • 2017 University Cancer Research Fund (University of Bristol), (Principal Investigator). Project title: Feasibility of wearable activity trackers to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in men with localised prostate cancer
  • 2014 Cancer Research UK/Bupa Foundation Fund Innovation Grant, (Principal Investigator). Project title: A day in your life

Groups

Publications

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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Professional Member: Health Care Professionals Council, Practitioner Psychologist: PYL28241
  • General Member: Division of Health Psychology, British Psychological Society: 137952

Conferences

  • 2021. Symposium Mammographican Online Conference “Supporting Women with adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy following breast cancer (SWEET)” (e-poster presentation)
  • 2020. NCRI Virtual Showcase “Supporting Women with adhErence to adjuvant Endocrine Therapy following breast cancer (SWEET)”
  • 2020. NCRI Virtual Showcase “Recruitment and interventions of the Prostate cancer – Exercise and Metformin randomised feasibility Trial (Pre-EMpT)”
  • 2017. UKSBM: UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting, Liverpool, UK “Behaviours of young mothers from areas of deprivation; implications for health promotion and cancer prevention” (Oral Presentation)
  • 2017. European Health Psychology Society, Padova, Italy “Behaviours of young mothers from areas of deprivation; implications for health promotion and cancer prevention” (Oral Presentation)
  • 2017. Queens University Belfast, UK “A hard nut to crack: Using diet, physical activity and lifestyle research to reduce the burden of prostate cancer” (Invited speaker)
  • 2016. NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Diet and Lifestyle, Scientific Meeting, Bristol, UK “PrEvENT. Prostate Cancer Evidence of Exercise and Nutrition Trial” (Oral presentation)
  • 2014. World Cancer Congress, Melbourne, Australia “’I’d do anything. I’d try anything. When you’re in this position you just want to get well again’ Acceptability of nutritional and physical activity interventions for men with localised prostate cancer” (e-poster presentation)
  • 2014. World Cancer Congress, Melbourne, Australia “Nutritional and physical activity interventions for men with prostate cancer: A systematic review” (e-poster presentation)
  • 2014. The International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA “Developing a UK feasibility trial of a dietary and physical activity intervention in men with prostate cancer: findings from a systematic review and qualitative interviews” (Poster)
  • 2013. UK Society of Behavioural Medicine, Oxford, UK “Developing a feasibility trial of a dietary and physical activity intervention in men with prostate cancer: findings from a systematic review and qualitative interviews” (Oral presentation)
  • 2011. Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco annual meeting, Toronto, Canada “Smoke-free Legislation: Lessons learnt from the English Example” (Poster)
  • 2011. Stop Smoking Adviser and Facilitators' Update, for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, in Glasgow, UK “Smoking Cessation and Health Inequalities: New Research & Policy Development” (Invited speaker)
  • 2007 – 2010 Contributed oral and poster presentations at multiple International and National conferences including: Baltimore and Washington (USA), Aston, Bath, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool and London (UK)

Further details

  • 10.2019 – 06.2020: National Research Manager. GenesisCare UK
  • 06.2019 – 10.2019: Clinical Trials Co-ordinatorGenesisCare Oxford
  • 06.2019 – Present: Research Fellowin Cancer (Honorary Contract). NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre, University of Bristol
  • 10.2012 – 06.2019: Senior Research Associate in Cancer. NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre, University of Bristol
  • 09.2011 – 10.2012: Research Fellow in Health Psychology. Institute of Work, Health and Organisations, University of Nottingham
  • 2011: Research Consultant. National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training
  • 04.2010 – 08.2011: Research Officer in Health Services Research. Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath